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happening now border retribution >> any minute now, to strip a top biden official of his job. but does the gop have the votes or are they headed for yet another very public failure? >> plus special selection. >> new >> yorkers, brave snow and sleet to vote on who replaces disgrace former congressman george santos, how they decide bag of the country a window into what could happen in november's presidential election. and serious progress in cairo. americans tells cnn that the cia director and middle east to go shaders are moving closer and closer to striking a deal that would pause israel's war in gaza and get israeli hostages. >> oh >> welcome to our viewers here
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in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room we're standing by for a critical vote inside the united states house of representatives . republicans planning to try to impeach the biden homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas cnn's manu raja was up on capitol hill, is joining us live right now. so manu, what do we expect to do? we expect this vote to come up. do we expect it to pass? >> wolf. i am hearing fresh optimism and confidence from top house republicans who believe that now they will finally have the votes to make. alejandro mayorkas just a second cabinet secretary in history to be impeached, charged with high crimes and misdemeanors over there contention that he has failed over the act of everything it's happened at the southern border with mexico. some that democrats say is an abuse of power by going after the
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homeland security secretary and even some republicans opposed this three, we expect three republicans to vote against it, and that is all they could lose. but right now, i'm hearing from republicans that they believe that they will have the votes. this is going to hinge it hard. part over absences because a lot of members as there are still traveling back to washington, some have been impacted by the snowstorm. the question will be, how many absences ultimately will will will there be one of the vote happens because that will affect the overall vote total. because remember wolf, it is a majority of voting members that's what will determine whether or not the republicans will have the votes to move forward here, because last week, what we saw was a miscalculation by the republican leadership. who believed that they would have the votes in large part because they expected one democratic member to not appear because they thought he was going to be absent. ultimately, he did appear and then that led to a from over the last several days now, they have gotten one new member added to the rank, steve scalise the house majority leader who has been recovering
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from cancer and wolf, there's an urgency for republicans do that, given that this new york special election is happening tonight, if democrats do, he win that seat, that is one more democratic vote against impeaching alejandro mayorkas its they would not have the votes to move forward here. so republicans are trying to push the gas, get this done. now, in tried to move ahead to on this historic and very controversial vote. and even if it does pass, we're hearing tonight wolf, it has no chance. and the democratic led senate, two-thirds majority is needed to convict in the senate control. 51, 40 we now by democrats, they are expected to quickly move to dismiss this. but one that an effort that republicans have been pushing for some time as they tried to make the border central to their campaign in 2024? >> yeah, that's such an important point even if he's impeached in the house, he certainly not going to be convicted in the senate. he will remain on as the homeland security secretary mountains thank you very much. rid of much more on this breaking story throughout the hour right now in new york state, voters
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are making a very critical choice for congress today, they decide who replaces george santos in a race with very important implications for the november 2024 presidential election. cnn's john berman is up and carl plays out on long island. he's been watching the turnout all day. john. we've gotten a lot of snow in the area where you are. have you seen a lot of voters >> yeah some wolf right now, i'm looking at a fairly empty room here at carl place high-school home of the frogs. welcome the car placed high school home of the frogs, by the way >> right now, you know, half a dozen people in here voting this is a little bit less than we've seen over the last few hours. there were some lines here this afternoon after the snow stopped, but you can see here all these empty booths now this voting place here on coral plates is made up of six election districts. basically, precincts each one of the tables that are in this room makes up an election district. you come in, you get your ballot, and then after you
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vote, you carry it over to one of these it's machines here and you put it in seven of these machines in the room. i can't shoot the screen, but i am allowed to read off of it. this machine, 213 people have submitted ballots so far it was about a 40 at noon. my friends who are running these tables tell me that each one of the election districts, the voter turnouts running at 15 17% for frame of reference. the last election they had here was for town executive, it was 29% in november, so sure. funny way lower than a local election right now. and also for frame of reference in 2022, when george santos was elected 192,000 people voted on election day, same day? here at about 04:00. today, it was 40,000. so they have a ton of ground to make up. we're going to walk outside here. we're not allowed to talk to voters inside, but we're hoping maybe to talk to as some outside. no we had some voters lined up. they won't wait. let me see,
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man with cnn, can i talk to you about your vote on the special election? okay. what's your name? >> can >> jan. it's so nice to meet you >> what >> was the issue that brought you out today to vote in the snow? >> a lot of things, especially being safe in this country, protecting borders, and equality and of course, are what is it called economic situation? >> can i ask on this day where you came up, who you voted for, who you cast your ballot for. >> i would like to keep into non secret well. thank you very much. we appreciate your time. thanks for talking to us. what is interesting and absolutely, we respect the right of people to keep their votes secret. we've talked to a number of voters here, almost all say the border is one of the major issues, but what's unusual is that many of those voters tell us they voted for the democrat tom suozzi, who has very much leaned into issues surrounding the border and immigration. so the border and immigration in
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not breaking necessarily purely for the republican as you might see in some elections. one last thing. well, again, you can see the snow behind me. one of the republican super pacs actually paid for snowplows to clear the streets around the election places. but i do have to say after the storm stopped around one or 02:00 getting out. not a problem at all. >> well, john berman, nassau county and long island for us. thank you very much, john, for that report. our chief national correspondent, john king, is when the hearing, the situation room, i'm interested john, what are you watching for tonight? >> one of the interesting things that normally would not be on my list is just with john berman just mentioned though, because of the snow storm, we know that democrats seem to have a pretty decent advantage in the early the voting. republicans like to vote on election day. that's the tradition you come out and vote election day. does the weather impact the turnout? and does that somehow benefit the democrats? so that's an added thing to look for. this is a fascinating district. we should be careful. this will be studied closely and everybody will say, aha new york three has taught us all these lessons about what's going to happen for the rest of the year, maybe, maybe not, but there are some great thing thanks to look at number one, this is an affluent suburb, right? think
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about the last ten years, very fertile ground for the democrats. joe biden won this district by eight points, right? so you have a population that's about 100 percent higher education than the country more than 55% of the people there have a bachelor's degree. it runs it very affluent district more about one-and-a-half percent, even higher than that other household median income. these are the places that democrats have won in new york going to be competitive in the presidential election, november most likely not, but it's a district that you find outside of philadelphia, outside of milwaukee, outside of phoenix, outside of atlanta, you know, people like that. so that's what people will be studying there. another thing i would watch what we talked about, the issues immigration, the democrats trying to flip that there is no doubt now, a month ago, the immigration issue was set to punish the democrats. but now the democrats are trying to say, wait, we were, we were ready to do this in the senate. we had agreement. we would pass this and the republican said, no, can i flip it? the first test, but can the democrats flip that issue on the republicans won last thing i would note, i always look at the subgroups about 25% of the voters, the residents in this
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district are asian-americans. there are a lot of places around the country. asian americans have emerged. probably one of the most under-reported political stories the last five or six years as a giant potent swing vote. in this country, this is one of the places where they could make the difference. they like latinos have been trending a little bit back toward republicans. there's a tug of war there ongoing wars going on all over the country, right? john. thank you very, very much, john king reporting for us, been well, house republicans face to major tests. another attempt to impeach the biden homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas, and the house speaker, pledging not to bring a critical national security funding bill to the floor of the house hours ago, president biden also attacking donald trump, the republican standard bearer, over talk that he would let russia attack us. nato allies no other president. our history is ever bowed down to a russian dictator. >> it's >> dumb, is shameful, is dangerous, it's un-american
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joining us now. republican congressman carlos gimenez of florida. congressman. thank you so much for joining us. first of all, on this funding for ukraine and israel in this bill, would you support what's called a discharge petition to bypass the house speaker? how speaker johnson and bring this to a floor vote. would you vote for this bill? >> no, i would not want to follow the speaker's lead on this while i support funding for ukraine and israel and taiwan i don't think there should be bundled together. let's have votes, separate votes on each, and then send that over to the senate and then see what happens. look, we had a separate vote on israel aid last week and the democrats sank that. so, you know i think that's what we need to do in order to get it passed. >> sir, if there were separate votes on each of them, would you support each one of those separate votes? >> yes, i would i would support funding for ukraine as long as
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its military aid. because most of that funding, all of that is going to be spent here in the united states that we're going to be sending them military equipment and munitions and we're going to have to restock here in the united states, which means american jobs, aid to israel. i've always been pro israel. i will always be pro israel. and obviously we need to face the growing threat of china against taiwan. so, yeah, i would support those three items. separate. and i think that that's what we need to do in order to get this done. what i don't understand, congressman, if you would support those three pieces of legislation separately, why not vote for one piece of legislation that includes all of that? >> because i think that there what i what i believe is that you are going to get different people voting different ways in each one of those. and so i think they want to get their vote down on each each particular item, each individual item, you may have a a number of republicans not voting for aid for ukraine, but
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you will have a number of democrats that will, you'll have a number of republicans voting yes on aid to israel, but you have a number of democrats voting no on it on a there israel and so on and so forth. and so i think that's the way to get done, doesn't mean that's going to happen, but i will support my speaker and his just in how he wants to get it done. >> a member of the house freedom caucus, republican warren davidson of ohio is warning speaker johnson that he would face a vote to punish it even oust him if he puts this senate bill that passed overwhelmingly overnight on the floor of the house. what's your response? are these threats and effective way to govern? >> now they're not in the speaker ought to do what he thinks is right. and, you know, you can't govern with a threat over your head. you have to do what you think is right. >> and then and then that the chips fall where they may, and so that's what i would advise, you know, the speaker to do if
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he thinks that that's the right move, go ahead and do it you'll have the majority of the conference behind you that there are some that may threatened the speaker in that way, i find that to be really despicable that a member of our own conference with threaten our own speaker in that matter. >> i want to ask you a little bit more about some of the news of the day right now, congressman, you heard president biden a blast a former president trump's comments as dangerous and un-american after trump encouraged russia to quote, do whatever the hell they want to nato allies who fall short of their defense spending requirements are those kinds of comments from trump un-american as president biden suggests look, i don't agree with everything that president trump says, but i do agree with just about everything he does. unlike president biden, who says the right things and then does the opposite everything he touches is a disaster. while he did, he doesn't said those
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words. look, he invited the invasion of russia into ukraine. he, he, he invited the what happened october 7 by, by giving iran billions of dollars in additional funding that they then in turn gate to hamas and hezbollah. so again, it's not to me, it's more important what you do the president biden, what he has done has been a complete disaster >> so let me just a follow up on that, congressman, would you tell russia to quote, do whatever the hell you want to nato allies to nato countries that don't meet their financial obligations no, i wouldn't i would say i would use it as that negotiation floor to make them pay. but again, at the end, it's not what you say, it's what you do that's really what's most important. a lot of people who all hung up about what, you know, so and so sad and so it's a says, but for me, it's what you do. and like, i've said you know, president biden may say the right thing, but he certainly doesn't do the right thing. and that's what's
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important for me. and i think for america, congressman carlos gimenez of florida. thank you so much for joining us and just ahead, critical talks underway right now in cairo as the cia director pushes for a hostage deal and a pause in the fight in gaza. and palestinian civilians flee rafah in the southern part of gaza just ahead of an impending israeli assault. and we're only moments away from another historic vote to impeach a biden cabinet official. stay with us. you're in the situation room erin burnett, outfront tonight at seven on cnn. >> were you worried the wedding would be too much now >> other destination, why do we just got by for versus just a nap book which may i didn't up up my daughter who gets made someplace more expensive jamaica. why can't they use within power, we can all our
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talks according to a us official speaking to cnn i'll set to have been serious and productive, but no breakthroughs that would result in an agreement have been reached just yet, those negotiations all set to be on going. and of course, the focus would be on a established a prolonged truce which will be about at least six weeks under which we would see a gradual release of hostages held by hamas in exchange for palestinian prisoners. the major sticking point at this stage, according to another us official, is the ratio of foster's to be released. against palestinian prisoners. no firm agreement. >> just get those >> talks ongoing. but of course, mounting pressure from the international community for a deal to be struck. we have heard from hamas, they have said that they are prepared you send a delegation back to cairo. if these talks move in a positive direction, they said that the next 24 hours will be critical. but at this stage, according to two hamas
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officials speaking good to see no current plans to send a delegation back this week now, of course, the here's a huge amount of pressure building, particularly as we continue to what is unfolding in the rafah hamas has said they will not move forward on any talks and negotiations if we do see that looming ground operation carried out by the israeli military in norfolk, important to remind our viewers, of course, more than 1 million people on a concentrated in the southern gaza city. many of them displaced time and time again. there are real fears. this could lead to a mass rise and the number of civilians killed we've heard just in the last few hours. where you answer monetary chief martin griffiths describing this as a potential slaughter in the cards, but up lots of stake right now, nada bashir in cairo. thank you very much for that report. tonight, two former hostages rescued from gaza are thanking is security forces 60 year-old fernando marman, and 70 year-old louis har, spent more than four
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months in captivity >> i want everyone who was kidnapped and is still being held in gaza to be returned to us in peace. we will do everything so it can come true. and so they can be as happy as we are today. >> luis jr.'s son-in-law, eden, measure ono's joining us now from israel. it all five of, all five of his relatives were taken hostage back on october 7, three were released in november you don thank you so much for joining us. i'm happy so members or your family are back with you. what is a bit like for your family to experience this reunion? >> and this reunion, kayla's came to us very, very unpredictable moment and it caught us really a 3am 315 in the morning when we got a call and since then, the whole family became a turbulent and try to react, says facet, they can some are putting an automatic in order to come to
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the hospital and to make our beloved they came back from gaza. so really, by the message we go, we haven't expected it how are luis fernando doing right now what is the latest that their conditions >> so when we saw them were very surprised about how thin they are. they lost a lot of weight when we heard from the hospital, they estimate more than 25% of the way to a loss it'll very pale famed black, white faces seems like they haven't seen sunlight in the, in those days and from what we heard as well, they've all kind of symptoms of being in other captivity starved, starvation, and others it's really a lot of them, a lot of small issues that can become big. and we hope that that was the medical treatment now, they are on it will help them to recover
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amino. they are now exposed food and they are told, please eat slowly have lewis and fernando shared anything about their dramatic rescue? >> told them they tend to start to talk a little bit almost about when given us already in the hands of the idf, people. not about the really the first minute, the first tools mean it's when actually there were slipping and from what we know from the media, there were sleeping. and there was action inside the building where they were kept and then they were covered and the harder than protected by the idf soldiers but so we don't know what happened in those exactly what happened in those three minutes, but we know more about what happened when they will in touch talking to the idf people, when they were already in the safe area? >> he done what is your family's message to prime minister netanyahu and indeed to the world as talks continue right now in cairo for a deal
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to try to release the remaining hostages you know, it's all started on the surface, of 7 october massacre when a lot of families, a lot of the areas in israel were attacked >> and started is 200 to 40 hostages. some of the some of them were released in the first action, but now there's 174 hostages still in gaza. and i, think that's still our government. our people. the guys are going for that discussions in cairo or in paris with mediators, sometimes with direct talks, maybe with hamas, they must go in order to strike a deal for release of the hostages. i don't think that we know we should expect that all of them will come back by the idf actions of a rescue activities, we must go into strike in order to strike a deal. and really to bring more happiness to the other families in israel, we are on the
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hyper-v site today but we are still part of the big, big, big war and we are all big family that all of us waiting for the hostages to come back. >> and let's hope those hostages come back soon he done bezier rondeaux. thank you so much for joining us. we're so happy your family is back together thank you very much. and we hope that they will cover because really they were lack of lack of medication, lack of food in a really in starvation and not in a fun area. and where there were kept and really we hope that they will recover as soon as possible and try to get into normal life and really wishing for but for them and for all the others and good health were wishing for that as well. thank you so much >> thank you very much >> and coming up another important story, we're following right now, the cdc will soon make a very important change about how the united states deals with covid what you need to know in just minutes right here in the situation
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>> we've we've >> moved on in this country in terms of our experience with covid but covid hasn't left this country. and in fact, covid is really everywhere. there were hundreds of thousands of cases last week, 20,000 people hospitalized, 2,500 deaths. >> so covid >> still impacts this country in a very meaningful and sometimes tragic way. but the country has tired of it, and we've, we've, we've become bored with it and maybe politically, it's now sort of unwise to keep focusing on covid. but the intent of these new proposed guidelines, or basically to say once you're feeling a little better, you can go back to work. >> now, the >> problem with that is that when you go back to work, you may be exposing colleagues and other people who risk might be different than yours to an unwanted, unwanted virus and
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with the new proposed guidelines, you just need to be a febrile so your temperature has to go away and you need to be feeling a little better. but that doesn't mean you won't be coughing and you know, this virus remains transmissible four several days. so if you go back to work on day two, day three and your coworker in the next cubicle is getting treated with chemotherapy and immunosuppress. and you're they're coughing because the guidance says, i feel a little better my fears away, so i went back to work it seems unwise to me because the previous guidance was what stay home for at least five days >> and even that was it was a big change because they didn't mandate that you needed to be covid-negative but this virus is transmissible probably four or five to seven days and if your home and the longer you stay home, the less transmissible it is, sort of the bigger problem is that once
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you put these things into so-called guidelines then businesses expect their workers to be back very, very quickly and people will no longer understand the importance of, of isolating you know, my my recommendation to the public and not just for covid for for influenza, for rsv for a gi virus is if you feel sick, if you are sick, stay home and we don't need guidance to tell us that and until you're better subs substantially better, all better. no longer coughing. >> stay home. >> and as you say these, this new covid variant that spreading right now is all over the place. the best recommendation i've been told is to make sure you get vaccinated and get those covid booster shots, right? >> only about 15% of the country has gotten the new booster shot. and its efficacy is pretty good in terms of both preventing severe and severe illness and hospitalization, as
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well as contracting the virus. so, but the country has not adopted this last booster the thing i'll say about, about common sense, we need more common sense in this country when it comes to protecting each other. >> if >> you have covid and you want to go back to work and you're feeling better. put a mask on for few days to protect the people you work with, protect your neighbors. let's let's take care of each other yes, very good advice as usual from dr. jonathan reiner. thanks very much for coming on. thank you. >> appreciate it. just ahead republicans will soon hold a very dramatic impeachment vote targeting the biden homeland security secretary, alejandro mayorkas. more on the breaking news coming up right here in the situation tonight. >> the election to replace disgraced former congressman george santos. what republicans, razor thin house majority shrink even further. and what clues will the results provide about november's election? join cnn for special live coverage tonight, starting at 08:00 p.m. eastern
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cnn's melanie zanona sat down exclusively with the number two republican, the house steve scalise, who is attending the vote while battling blood cancer. here's what he said. >> are you confident that the votes will be there tonight? >> look in a tight majority. every votes counted, you're not just counting. now my vote, but if somebody has a plane delay that could affect the vote. and so, you know, with with a day like today where there's bad weather, you're tracking whose flights are late, you know, all of those things because every growing there, do we know the whip keeps track of all that and he does a great job of knowing who's out sick, who's got a flight delay and what time they're going to get in, what time if somebody has something where they have to leave those are things that he tracks on a weekly basis especially with a tight majority this, this whole congress was it a mistake to not wait for your return to have this important vote last week when it fails. >> well they felt it was important to there were some members that might've been
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going back and forth and to lock them in because i've seen over weekends where somebody that was maybe a lean yes you go over the weekend and then they come back and then all of a sudden they're lean know so i know these are all tough judgment calls, but to make sure that you lock everybody in who's a yes in now we know were one vote short. let's go get that done. >> i want to bring in cnn legal analyst elliot williams former senior adviser to the biden 2020 campaign, alencia johnson and cnn political commentator alice stewart. alice talk to a little bit about what you anticipate is about to happen in the house floor. >> well, let's just hope their math is a little bit better this week than it was last this week. they just didn't whip the votes properly last week. and i've been speaking with a lot of republicans in the house and they say this is all about attendance tonight, making sure they have the right number and enough republicans to get this across the finish line i just texted someone just a short time ago. they've started the vote, as said, do you have the
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numbers? he says, we have absolutely no idea. so it will still be you know remains to be seen how this plays out in here. here's the problem with this is they really want this to happen. they really see there's a crisis at the border many realize the problem is not mayorkas, he's a pawn in this. the problem is joe biden and his policies that have led to the crisis at the border. the fact when biden came into office, he stopped construction of the border wall. he ended the remain in mexico policy of the trump administration, which was successful and also implemented a catch and release policy. those are the problems and it's not my orcas and if they get rid of mayorkas, we still have the problem with the crisis at the border if they're republicans are again not successful in our embarrass. once again, what do you think the message that will we'll be sent about the republican leadership in congress. >> there's no mistaking the fact they can't do the job. they were sent there to do. and i certainly hope this doesn't mean that the far right flank of the republican party is going to oust the speaker because that's not the right answer here. the real solution here is to make sure that
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republicans get together on these important issues. make sure they are attacking the right policies. and i think we shouldn't be wasting time on impeachment or certainly getting rid of someone because that's not how you handle policy disputes. you handle them by talking about policies and finding bipartisan since shipped solution has been saying even if he's impeached of the house, he's not going to be convicted in the senate. there's no way that they can get a two-thirds vote on that. he'll remain as the secretary of homeland security alencia, if mayorkas is impeached in the house, what does that mean for the biden administration? >> i actually think politically all of this helps democrats because again, and with this failed vote on the bipartisan bill last week when republicans said absolutely not, we're going, we're not going to work with democrats in addition to being focused on impeaching mayorkas when we can agree on this part that the way to solve immigration and the problem at the border is for both parties come together and the policy
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solutions, the biden administration democrats have wanted to do that again, immigration is an issue that didn't just come about with president biden. it's started with well before donald trump before his predecessor and so republicans have to get serious about this issue and this impeachment vote is showing the american people that they're not. and that helps democrats, i believe in an election year >> let me get quickly all your thoughts from a legal perspective, there is literally no chance that ali mayorkas has removed from his job. it's it's he the house can vote to impeach him. it gets sent over to the senate. the senate is not taking this up. he's going to remain secretary of homeland security. there's no >> chance there will be a trial. there will not see a trial to remove him. it's not going to happen. it's a political well, i have you, elie, very different issue. the chief justice john roberts asked the special counsel, jack smith, to respond to former president trump's request that the court block it appeals court ruling that says trump does not have immunity in the january 6, okay. so what do you
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think we'll see in smith's response? >> here's the thing. wolf is that we've already seen it in december. the parties brief this issue up and asked the supreme court to take it on jack smith asked to have an expedited what we're going to see as an argument that the foreign president is simply not immune from trial. we know what the arguments are at some point the court's going to rule on and it looks like they're going to move quickly, but we shall see you. see elliot alencia, alice. thanks very much for joining us coming up. president biden takes his campaign to social media and catches the eye of 7 million viewers. but it's also catching the ire of republicans, why they say it's a national security risk that's coming up next >> what's my safelite story? i'm a photographer and when i'm driving i see inspiration right through my glass. so when my windshield cracked, it had to be fixed right i scheduled with safelite auto glass experts replaced by windshield
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reelection campaign for launching a tiktok account and posting its first video on sunday jason kelce, your travis kelce, mom and concern or stationary great chocolate chip cookies in the lighthearted super bowl theme video, the president dodges >> some questions about the game and jokingly evades one on whether he had rigged the nfl season. >> you can trouble. >> it finished with an inside joke, a dark brandon meme the video quick to rack up more than 7 million views and the ire of critics republican senator josh hawley posting on x biden campaign, bragging about using a chinese spy app, even though biden signed a law banning it on all federal devices, president biden did sign that law in december of 2022. >> i do think they're going to face some cries of hypocrisy. >> the campaign video was not created or posted using government devices republican senator tom cotton still called it shameful. tiktok is owned by a chinese company that analysts say could be beholden to the communist government in
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up by nasa astronauts, roughly 250 miles above, the adrenaline was pumping and i could feel my heart pounding it was it was really exhilarating, but at the same time, once i saw that robotic device doing the things that i'm used to it doing settled down dr. michael job's says he's already performed 15 surgeries with mira during clinical trials on human patients. here on earth. but he's never had to contend with zero gravity or a time delay of about half a second, split second or half a second is gonna be significant. so this was a big the challenge. do you can see a left-hand with a grasp >> and a right hand with a pair of scissors. and we use rubber bands here to simulate surgical tissue. >> so you could think of those rubber bands is perhaps blood vessels are tendons, are other connective tissue that has elasticity. so we're able to grab hold of the rubber bands and then take the scissors and
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